Oscar Nominations: Quick Thoughts

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced the nominees for the 84th Academy Awards. This year’s most nominated film? Martin Scorsese’s “Hugo,” with 11 nominations, followed by Michel Hazanavicius’ “The Artist,” with 10. Below are the rest of the nominees in the 10 major categories. The Oscars will be televised on ABC on Sunday, Feb. 26. Quick thoughts: 1) The number of Best Pic noms, 9, was more than most people expected, allowing “The Tree of Life” and “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close” to sneak in. 2) Neither Leonardo DiCaprio (whose movie, “J. Edgar,” didn’t perform well) nor Michael Fassbender (whose movie, “Shame,” may have been too sexy for AMPAS nominators) got in to the Best Actor category, allowing Gary Oldman, from “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy,” to gain a spot. 3) Rooney Mara, of “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” got the fifth slot for Best Actress, edging out Tilda Swinton. 4) Terrence Malick got the fifth slot for Best Director, edging out David Fincher and Steven Spielberg. 5) The biggest snub was no Albert Brooks for Best Supporting Actor for “Drive.” He had won several critics’ awards for the performance. 6) The Iranian movie, “A Separation,” got a screenplay nom, which cements its status as the frontrunner in the Best Foreign Language Film category.

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